Kevin Smith: The fan that now makes films.
The comic book collector that sold his collection to fund his first film, and, brought it back after he made the money back. Smith is the film maker that fans want to be. His snappy dialogue, ability to converse about religion and sexuality in interesting ways, the low budgets and the family environment in which Smith makes films is an interesting microcosm of Hollywood. He is outside the normal system, yet, still draws in major stars such as Johnny Depp as Detective Guy Lapointe in Tusk, released today. In honour of the horror flick that is Tusk, we look at the best of Kevin Smith
“Shit no. Me and Silent Bob are pro-choice. A woman’s body is her own fucking business!”
It’s no wonder that Dogma outraged conservative Christians. However, it’s a film best viewed on its own merit. All Bethany has to do is stop a couple of angels from entering a church in Wisconsin and thus negating all existence. An eclectic cast with Alan Rickman in his pre-Snape glory as the voice of God, with Ben Affleck nailing the sardonic Bartleby, this is a clever satire of religion that somehow doesn’t mock belief itself, Dogma questions religious dogma and introduces us to Buddy Christ. And Buddy Christ, just pops you know....
Three teenage boys meet a woman online and go to meet her for a wild weekend of sex. Catfished, the teens are kidnapped by an ultra-conservative cult obsessed by punishing sinners. Eventually the FBI gets involved. Michael Parks is electrifying as the cult leader. This is a small, darkly comic film with an ending that questions your beliefs.
Stick it to the system and see Red State
Chasing Amy follows Holden and Alyssa’s relationship as Alyssa reveals her bisexuality and sexual activity. Silent Bob’s has a substantial speech explaining how he has been Chasing Amy since learning of a girlfriends previous sexual history and not reacting well to this news. We follow a poignant, though immature relationship that navigates modern dating and relationships with witty dialogue and the comic sub-culture embodied by comics Banky and Holden, creators of Bluntman and Chronic
The teams at SModcast get excited for other people’s projects and they create their own. That’s right, Tusk orginated on a SModcast. Embrace Tusk for its odd nature and look out for the others in the planner trilogy, Yoga Hosers (2015) and Moose Jaws, it’s like Jaws, but with a moose…
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Tusk is out on DVD now! Read Liam's review now!